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Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 

Volume 34. Number I 

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Bryan College 
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President 
Stephen IX Livesay 

Editor 

Tom I ),ivis. '06H 

Designer 
Pvachel Evans, '03 

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Sieve Keek 

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at Large 
Robert F. I )avis 

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Planned Giving 
Jim Barth, '57 

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Warren Cole. '< 13 

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Janice Pendergrass 

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Tracey Bridwell 

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OUR DESIRE IS FOR 

OUR STUDENS TO FOCUS 

ON THE PURPOSE GOD 

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HAS FOR THEIR LIVES. 



The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at 
Colossae, "and whatever you do in word 
or deed, do all in the name of the Lord 
Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through 
Him" (Colossians 3:17). 

During our Convocation service this August, we 
sang the Bryan alma mater with that triumphant 
refrain, "By our motto we firmly stand, 'Christ 
Above All.'" Our motto makes all the difference as 
to why Bryan stands out among the myriad of col- 
leges across this country. Our desire is for our stu- 
dents to focus on the purpose God has for their 
lives. And finding that purpose begins with a per- 
sonal relationship — taking His name as a Christian 
and surrendering to His service. When our students' 
focus and purpose is to let every word and action 
be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, then God 
will direct their plans for their years at Bryan and 
their life-long service lo Him. 

We are truly grateful to God for what He is 
doing in our students' lives. My favorite part of the 
school year is experiencing the excitement of new 
Bryan families arriving on campus with eager sons 
and daughters who are anxious, yet ready, to begin 
their college careers. 

This fall, nearly 300 new students joined the 
Bryan family, the largest freshman class in Bryan's 



78-year history. This year also marks the first time 
the total college enrollment has climbed above 
1,000 students, 700 of whom are members of the 
traditional student body. 

And we give thanks to God our Father not only 
for what He is doing in our students' lives, but also 
for what He is doing on our campus. In this issue of 
Bryan Life, you will see many exciting additions to 
our academic programs as well as to our physical 
facilities. The Bryan Center for Critical Thought 
and Practice will sponsor three symposia this year 
with topics ranging from war to climate change. 
Also, the Center for Law and Government will 
sponsor a symposium on biblical worldview as well 
as one on the scourge of human trafficking. 

For the many friends and donors who faithfully 
give to Bryan, thank you for allowing God to use 
you to bless all of our students. Your support is a 
tremendous encouragement for us to remain vigi- 
lant in maintaining our purpose, to do all in the 
name of the Lord Jesus, and in word and deed to 
live out our motto of "Christ Above All." 





Stephen D. T.ivesay, Ph.D 



Bryan Life 1 




Welcome To Bryan 




A New Year Begins 

New students arrive in record numbers 



Take a record incoming class, add new faculty 
members, mix in some new facilities and you 
have the makings of an exciting year. 
Combine with that a challenge to remember our 
Reformation heritage and Bryan College is poised to 
see God do great things as the 2007-08 academic year 
opens. 

Rudd Auditorium was filled on Aug. 25, as nearly 
300 new students and their families gathered for the 
beginning of orientation. Bryan President Dr. Stephen 
D. Livesay pointed out that there were students from 33 
states and nine countries represented in the entering 
class. 

Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent told the students, 
"You're going to feel welcome downtown. We're so 
proud to have Bryan College and Bryan students as part 
of our community. You've made a good choice, and I'm 
sure you will learn that as you go along." 



Bryan faculty and staff present for the occasion 
encircled the students and their families as prayers were 
offered for God to bless their transition to a new phase 
of their lives and for Him to complete the work He was 
beginning. 

As students left to meet in their orientation groups, 
parents remained in Rudd where Vice President for 
Student Life Dr. Peter Held and other college personnel 
answered questions and offered suggestions for parent- 
ing from a distance. New this year was a panel discus- 
sion involving three students and the parent of both a 
junior and a freshman. Panelists offered insights and 
suggestions on dealing with the changes parents — and 
students — experience as a child leaves home for college. 

Convocation, featuring an address by Dr. Timothy 
George, dean ofBeeson Divinity School at Samford 
University, formally opened the academic year on 
Aug. 29. 



2 Christ above all 




WE STUDY WITH 

E REALIZATION THAT 

KNOWLEDGE OF THE 

WORLD CANNOT BE 

SEPARATED FROM 

KNOWLEDGE OF THE 

CREATOR." 

- DR. CAL WHITE 



Dr. Livesay praised the faculty, telling the college 
family that "Bryan College is only as strong as its pro- 
fessors, as deep as our faculty. T want you to know that 
the ladies and gentlemen seated behind me are first 
quality in character and preparation, with a heart of 
service and dedication to our God." 

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White said, "Our 
motto, Christ Above All, indicates our clear dependence 
on Him. ..to help us excel in both the life of the mind 
and of the spirit. We study with the realization that 
knowledge of the world cannot be separated from 
knowledge of the Creator." 

Dr. George titled his lecture "Lessons from Luther 
for Today," drawing comparisons between Martin 
Luther's world of the 15th and 16th centuries and our 
world today. "Seldom has there been a time more like 
our own time than when Martin Luther was born in 
1483," he said. It was a time of great inventions and dis- 
coveries, an "age of great splendor in art, literature, and 
architecture. It was the best of times. 

"But it was also the worst of times, like our own 
age. There was violence and war, peasants revolting, the 



Black Death swept Europe carrying away a third of the 
human population. Death was an ever-present reality." 

He recounted Luther's years of searching for peace 
with God, his struggle to understand how God could be 
good and how a person could love a holy God who 
punishes sin. "As he pondered the meaning of Romans 
1: 16 it came to him that the righteousness of God was 
the righteousness by which God could declare sinners 
righteous because of what Jesus Christ had done. 'It was 
like I had been born again,' Luther said. Out of this 
flowed the structure of the Reformation, justification by 
faith alone." 

Dr. George said Luther came to his understanding 
of justification by faith by studying the Bible, which in 
turn drove him to translate the Latin Bible into 
German. "The fact that we can hold a Bible, read its 
words, is part of the legacy of the Reformation and of 
Luther." 

He said Christians owe their understanding of the 
true nature of the Church to Luther: "It is the people of 
God coming together for fellowship, but going back 
into the world to share the message of the Gospel." 



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Luther's faith, grounded in an understanding of the 
Scripture, gave him courage to stand firm in his beliefs. 
"At the Diet of Worms he was asked to recant. He real- 
ized that if he did not, he could be killed, as was Jan 
Hus a hundred years before. But Luther dared to stand 
against the pope, the emperor, the princes of Germany. 
'Unless I am persuaded by conscience and reason I can- 
not recant. Here I stand. God help me, I can do no 
other." 



Dr. George said lessons we can learn from Luther 
include our justification by faith alone; the Bible is not 
a book to be studied only in academic classes, but is 
something that should transform our lives; we have a 
Bible available to us in our own language; and we have 
an understanding of the church as the people of God, 
not a building. "God's kingdom is what counts; it will 
abide forever." 





Enrollment by the numbers 





07 


06 


Freshmen 


234 


198 


Transfers 


40 


54 


Total New 


274 


252 


Continuing 


447 


388 


Aspire 


281 


246 


MBA 


24 


14 


Distance Lng 


28 


20 


Total 


1,054 


920 



1000 



800 



600 



400 



200 



Educational Background 



Total Enrollment 


1054 




775 


920 








































2005 



2006 



2007 



■ Public 

■ Private/Christian 
Home Education 



- Average ACT score for new Bryan 
students is 25, compared to a national 
average of 21 

- Average high school grade average is 
3.64 on a 4.0 scale 



4 Christ above all 




From the 



tribe of the 



Sudanese student among class of 2011 



Ask 31 -year-old John Bui Juarwel what he is most 
looking forward to about college, and his answer 
rings with the excitement of any other Bryan 
College freshman: making new friends, learning more 
about the Bible, going to soccer games, and experiencing 
dorm life. 

You might never guess by the warmth of his smile and 
the confidence in his voice that by the time he had 
reached the age of most of his fellow classmates, John had 
been separated from his family, dislocated from his home, 
and recruited into an army,. 

John comes from the war-torn African country of 
Sudan. He committed his life to Christ as a young child 
and introduced his mother, brothers, and sister to 
Christianity. At age 10, he and his little brother were sepa- 



rated from their family during the chaos of the Second 
Sudanese War. The two walked barefoot for 15 days to the 
closest refugee camp, where his brother would eventually 
die from sickness. At 14, John joined the Sudan People's 
Liberation Army in Ethiopia, which sought to overturn the 
corrupt Sudanese government. By the time a peace agree- 
ment was signed in 2005, John had received multiple 
injuries from shrapnel and rock. Sadly, his is just one of 
thousands of stories told by the many "boy soldiers" of 
Africa. 

After the war, John was reunited with his family, after 
eighteen years apart. He was delighted to find that his 
father, whose salvation he had prayed for every day, had 
accepted Christ while he was away. 

As a devoted believer with a knack for picking up 



6 Christ above all 




I SAID I WANTED TO GO 

TO THE BEST CHRISTIAN 

COLLEGE IN THE UNITED 

STATES OF AMERICA. 

THEY TOLD ME I SHOULD COME 



RYAN COLLEGE IN 
n 

TENNESSEE. 



English and teaching, John was eager to learn more about 
the Bible after the war was over. While studying in 
Uganda, John made contact with representatives from the 
ministry of Rev. Rob Norris of Fourth Presbyterian 
Church in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Norris has a vision to build a 
Christian church and school in Sudan, with leaders trained 
in Christian institutions in the United States. When John 
heard about the opportunity to study abroad, he volun- 
teered immediately. 

"I said I wanted to go to the best Christian college in 
the United States of America," he said. "They told me I 
should come to Bryan College in Tennessee." 

And he did. Dr. Ron Petitte, professor of politics and 
government, had met Dr. Norris years ago and suggested 
his effort be linked with Bryan College, a concept both Dr. 
Norris and Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 
embraced. With financial support from the Schnabel 
Foundation Co. and tireless efforts from various Bryan 
administrative offices and Fourth Presbyterian Church, 
John arrived in Dayton as classes began. 

"I feel that I am at home," says John. "Everyone has 



been very friendly and kind to me. They all want to help 
me. I feel thai: T am at a good Christian schooi anil I thank 
the Lord for opening the door for me." 

A team of tutors, admissions counselors, and student life 
staff is helping John adjust to his first time in the U.S. 
Majoring in Christian Ministry with a goal to attend semi- 
nary after graduating from Bryan, John knows exactly what 
he wants to do with his life. 

"I want to go back to my country and teach my peo- 
ple," he said. "In Sudan, many people are Christians, but 
most do not have a solid foundation in the Bible. I have 
always loved to teach and my hope is that God will use me 
in this way to be a blessing." 

While living in the United States requires some adjust- 
ment, John says he sees some familiar things around cam- 
pus. 

"My tribe in Sudan was the tribe of the lion," he said. 
"In my language, 'Bui' means lion. And even here at Bryan 
College, I see many lions around." 



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Presidential Scholars 07-08 



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ight students have been awarded Presidential Merit Scholarships, the highest academic award offered, to attend 
Bryan College this year. Presidential Merit Scholars were selected for the award following a competition that 
included an essay and an interview with Bryan professors. Presidential Merit Scholars for 2007-2008 include: 

Matthew Dee, son of Stephen and Gloria Dee of Cordova, Tenn., plans to 
major in Christian thought and philosophy in preparation for a career in Christian 
ministry. Matthew is a home school graduate who was a member of the National 
Honor Society. He is an Eagle Scout who has received the Baden Powell Award 
and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Memphis 
Futbol Club, the Bellevue Victory Marching Band, and the Powr (sic) Drum 
Ensemble. He is a volunteer in youth activities at his church. He learned about 
Bryan from friends at his church who are graduates of Bryan. "I really respect 
David (Starbuck, '03), and he loved it. I looked at different schools, trying to see 
where God wanted me to go. I liked Bryan, I liked its size, and I heard good things 
about it." Matthew is a member of the Lions soccer team, and plans to be involved 
with music and ministry outreach as time permits. 

Erika Gebel, daughter of Paul and Noelle Gebel of Columbia, S.C., plans to 
major in political communications, with an eye toward working as a campaign manag- 
er, lobbyist, or a political aide. Erika is a home school graduate who has been a mem- 
ber of the National Christian Forensics and Communicators Association, the Greater 
Columbia Chamber Choir, and the homeschool and Columbia Parks and Recreation 
Committee swim team. She has worked as a swim instructor and harp teacher. She 
learned about Bryan through current junior Faith Ammen, and began investigating the 
school on her own. She chose Bryan because, when she visited the campus, "I felt at 
home. I felt like I fit in. I knew this was a place where God could use me and I could 
grow in my faith." Erika is a music minor, so she plans to be involved with the 
Chorale or other music groups. 

Aaron Kendall, son of Bob and Rosalyn Kendall of Jacksonville, Fla., plans 
_ ,to major in Christian ministry-youth emphasis. He plans to attend graduate 
school after college. Aaron is a graduate of Trinity Christian Academy in 
Jacksonville, where he was president of the Spanish Club, vice president of the 
student council, a member of the National Honor Society, the Brain Bowl 
^ team and the yearbook staff. He knew of Bryan because his two brothers, Rob, 
^^02, and James, '03, attended. He decided to attend "for a lot of reasons. J^ liked 
it and thought it is a good school." Tn his free time, Aaron hopes to be^ 
involved with the college music program. 

Amelia Poq/1, daughter of Michael and Cathy Pool of Powell, Tenn., plans to 
major in business administration. Amelia is a graduate of Berean Christian High 
School. She is active in community service programs through her church. She 
learned about Bryan from friends at her church, and her sister, Olivia, is a sopho- 
more this year. She decided to attend because she felt God leading her here. "I 
prayed a lot about it," she said. "I wanted to go to a Christian school because col- 
lege is a good time to prepare for what you will do for God with your life. I 
prayed for direction and God provided the scholarship. At Bryan, she hopes to be 
involved with drama. 

8 Christ above all 







BRYAN DOESN'T PUT SPIRITUALITY OVER ACADEMICS 
OR ACADEMICS OVER SPIRITUALITY. 
THERE IS A GOOD BALANCE, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME. 

Kristen Phelps, daughter of Mark and Mandy Phelps of Asheboro, N.C., 
plans to major in communication studies, and is considering a career in foreign 
issions after graduation. Kristen is a graduate of Faith Christian School in 
Lamseur, N.C., where she was president of the Honor Society, editor of the year- 
book, and a member of the school ensemble. A close friend invited her to travel 
to Bryan to visit the friend's brother a year ago when he was a freshman. "I knew 
this was the place God wanted me when we were here," she said. The spiritual 
atmosphere, "making your relationship with God strong but sharing that with the 
world"; the welcoming atmosphere on campus; and the academic push for excel- 
lence, "I know the professors want me to get a good education," all entered/into 
her decision to attend Bryan. 

Lauren Pratt, daughter of Mark and Cathie Pratt of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is an exer- 
cise science major who plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. Lauren is a gradu- 
ate of Oak Podge High School where she was a member of the National Honor 
Society, the student council, and was vice president of the Spanish Honor Society. She 
has played volleyball and run track and was co-editor of the yearbook staff. She learned 
about Bryan during a volleyball combine where Bryan volleyball Coach Leo Sayles and 
other coaches evaluated players. "T met Coach Sayles, and we stayed in touch. I visited 
Bryan and liked it," she said. She chose Bryan because of its size, its proximity to home 
and because "I felt at home here."l/i addition to playing volleyball, Lauren plans to 
become involved in several of the/campus organizations and a Bible study. 

Faith Wagner, daughter of Bruce and Robyn Wagner of Knoxville.Tenn., is a 
pre-medicine major. After college, she plans to attend medical school and work as a 
medical missionary in a third-world country. Faith is a graduate of Farragut High 
School, where she was a representative to the Student Government Association and 
convention chairman for DECA. She is a senior Girl Scout and recipient of the 
Girl Scout Gold Award. She learned of Bryan when her student government associ- 
ation helped staff a college fair where she met admissions counselor Bryan Day, '03. 
She said she appreciates the fact that "Bryan doesn't put spirituality over academics 
or academics over spirituality. There is a good balance; that's important." At Bryan 
she hopes to be involved with the Worldview Team and with intramural sports. 

Evan Johnson, son of Carter and Gale Johnson of Dayton, Tenn., plans to 
major in history. He plans to attend graduate school after college. Evan is a home 
school student who is a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship 
program. He won first place in math and in the reader's theatre competition for the 
Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, earned a superior rating in the National 
Federation of Music Clubs auditions, and was an advanced winner in the Bryan 
College Community Music School competition. He grew up in Dayton, so was 
familiar with the college all his life. He chose to attend Bryan because "it is a good 
Christian school, it's here in town, and I really like the people." 

Bryan Life 9 







Why a Worldview Education? 



I wasn't there, but I heard that it happened again. At a 
luncheon a few weeks ago, the convocation speaker, Dr. 
Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School, 
expressed that he was impressed by the level of questions asked 
by Bryan College students. This has been a recurrent theme 
among some of the notable scholars who have visited campus in 
the last several years including Dr. J. Budziszewski (University 
of Texas), Dr. Robert George (Princeton University), Nancy 
Pearcey (The Discovery Institute), and Dr. Ben Mitchell (The 
Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity). 

Challenging students to love God fully by thinking deeply, 
discerningly, and truthfully about His world is foundational to 
what a truly Christian education is. According to the way the 
Scriptures describe the grand narrative of God's redemptive 
plan for creation, Christianity is neither a religion of ascetic 
withdrawal nor a dualistic philosophy that denigrates certain 
human activity as less than spiritual. Rather, followers of Christ 
are called to dive deeply — and hopefully headfirst — into the 
significant historical and cultural issues of the human situation. 
As G.K. Chesterton once said, "If Christianity should happen to 
be true-that is to say if its God is the real God of the universe- 
then defending it may mean talking about anything and every- 
thing." 

This is what is meant at Bryan when the language of world- 
view is used. Because everyone has a worldview (a basic way in 
which they see, understand, and interact in and with the world) 



education is worldview-shaping. It is the responsibility of a 
Christian institution to challenge students with the Christian 
view of life and the world, while exposing the non-Christian 
worldviews that others hold and which are behind historical 
movements and cultural expressions. 

In his book Worldview: The History of a Concept, David 
Naugle writes, "Conceiving of Christianity as a worldview has 
been one of the most significant developments in the recent 
history of the church." According to Naugle, the teachings and 
writings of James Orr (1844-1913) and Abraham Kuyper (1837- 
1 920) are the "headwaters" from which emerged a stream of 
Christian worldview thinkers. The influence of these men can 
be seen in the writings of such notables as Carl F. H. Henry, 
Francis Schaeffer, Charles Colson, Nancy Pearcey, James Sire, 
David Noebel, and two men responsible for introducing the 
worldview concept at Bryan College, Dr. W. Gary Phillips and 
Dr. William E.Brown. 

Many Bryan College alumni, myself included, learned 
worldview from classes taught by Dr. Phillips (Distinguished 
Professor of Bible) and Dr. Brown (Professor of Bible and for- 
mer President). Their book Making Sense of Your World: A 
Biblical Worldview is the required text for the first required 
course taken by Bryan students. Biblical Worldview. In this 
class, Bryan students are introduced to a broader view of the 
faith, as a total view of life and the world with an explanatory 
power unrivaled by other worldviews. Alums may be interested 



lO Christ above all 




CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO 

LOVE GOD FULLY BY THINKING 

DEEPLY, DISCERNINGLY, AND 

TRUTHFULLY ABOUT HIS WORLD IS 

FOUNDATIONAL TO WHAT A TRULY 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS. 



by John Stonestreet, '97, Director of Summit Ministries 



to know that a revised, expanded version of Making Sense of 
Your World will be released by Sheffield Press in the spring of 
2008. 

Bryan's worldview emphasis has expanded significantly over 
the last two decades into a firmly embedded institutional value. 
Here are a few expressions worth highlighting: 
Expanded Coursework: Today, Bryan students are required to 
take a total of three courses which focus on worldview in addi- 
tion to the worldview integration that takes place in their cho- 
sen major courses. Their training culminates in the senior-level 
course "Worldview and Life" which provides a capstone experi- 
ence for students to connect the Biblical worldview with their 
vocational callings. 

Expanded Outreach: Bryan's focus on worldview training is 
not just internally focused. One of the most popular student 
ministries is the Worldview Team. Led by Alan Corlew and Ben 
Williams, this program allows Bryan students to teach world- 
view discernment and formation through the utilization of con- 
temporary culture to high school students across America. 
Students involved in this ministry are consistently evaluating the 
worlds of media, technology, and youth culture. Teaching others 
forces them to apply what they are learning in the classroom. 

Strategic Partnerships: Since 1995, Bryan has partnered with 
Summit Ministries to offer two-week conferences for high 

school and college students, as well as a one-week conference 
for adults. These annual summer conferences feature some of the 



premier Christian thinkers and speakers in America on topics 
relating to worldview, apologetics, and leadership. Showcased at 
these conferences are some of Bryan College's own scholars 
including Dr. Jeff Myers, Dr. Paul Boling, Dr. Ken Turner, Dr. 
Whit Jones, Dr. Beth Impson, and Mr. Corlew. Students exposed 
to Summit's teaching get a "head start" in college, are better 
able to handle the world of competing ideas, and tend to 
emerge as leaders in their churches, on their campuses, and 
throughout life. And, many Bryan students invest their summers 
by working on the Summit summer staff. 

In addition to the programs listed above, Bryan students are 
presented numerous opportunities through on-campus programs 
such as the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice, 
missions outreach programs, and Practical Christian Involvement 
as well as relationships with the Acton Institute, Passing the 
Baton International, and other likeminded organizations. Each 
of these can potentially contribute to a holistic view of 
Christian education, challenging them to develop a distinctly 
Biblical worldview and confront the ideas that take people, 
nations, and cultures captive. 



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4f 



John Stoneslreel is Executive Director of Summit 
Ministries. He is a 1997 Bryan graduate and 
earned an M.A. degree in Christian Thought 
from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 



Bryan Life 11 




u 

I WANTED TO 

LEAVE SOMETHING 
TO BRYAN BECAUSE 
OF WHAT IT HAD 
MEANT TO ME 



Weyhe supports alma mater with annuity 



Giving back has become a solu- 
tion to a tax problem and a 
source of improved income for 
alumna Lois Weyhe. 

Lois, who earned a degree in 
English at Bryan in 1 948, then worked 
eight years at the college, recently faced 
the challenge of having to pay a signifi- 
cant capital gains tax on stock she had 
held for many years. A Charitable Gift 
Annuity she purchased from Bryan 
College alleviated that problem and 
increased her income at the same time. 

"I wanted to leave something to 
Bryan because of what it had meant to 
me," she said. 

Education — a degree in English and 
a foundation for a Master's degree in 
English and Educational Administration 
from Peabody College ofVanderbilt 
University — was one thing she gained 
from her Bryan experience. The bigger 
benefit, in her mind, was a broader per- 
spective of Christian service. "I discov- 
ered that God grants to us our abilities 
and talents, and they can be used as a 
witness in any career or occupation." 
She originally planned to be a 



Christian Education major but changed 
to English. 

Following her graduation from 
Bryan, she became registrar, a position 
she held for eight years. 

Although she worked as a student, 
she also was involved in ministry efforts 
and even traveled as part of a trio with 
the Gospel Messengers, building fond 
memories along the way. 

"I needed to rely largely upon my 
own resources to pay for college, and 
was able to work in the administration 
office where I gained experience in 
record keeping and registration. 

"Later, God led me to make a 
change, and through a previous contact 
with the director of admissions at 
Wheaton College, I was offered a posi- 
tion there." 

She went to work in the admissions 
office and then became associate direc- 
tor of admissions, a position she held 
until her retirement in 1 985. 

Because of her memories of Bryan, 
the many friendships with faculty and 
students which have lasted through 
many years, and the college's testimony 



as a Christian institution, "I wanted to 
give something back." 

In discussion with Development 
Director Jim Barth she decided that a 
Charitable Gift Annuity could help solve 
her capital gains tax challenge and pro- 
vide a good current return, "which has 
increased my income," she said. 

"Expenses don't go down; they keep 
going up. All of this helped me make 
the decision. I'm very pleased with it." 

Mr. Barth said Miss Weyhe's experi- 
ence is similar to that of others who 
have invested in Charitable Gift 
Annuities from Bryan. 

"I'm happy to speak with anyone 
who is interested in ways to increase 
their income, reduce their tax liability, 
and help Bryan provide an outstanding 
Christ-centered education to young 
people," he said. 

For more information about annu- 
ities or other ideas to address financial 
planning needs, contact Mr. Barth at 1- 
800-552-7926, email him at 
barthji@bryan.edu or visit 
www.bryangift.org, the Bryan planned 
giving web site. 



12 Christ above all 



Four Reasons 
To Put Off 

Creating 
Your Will 





Looking For A Good Excuse? Here Are Four. 



s 



Estate Is Too Small. 

This is a popular reason for not preparing a 
Last Will & Testament. But be careful! It's 
easy to forget how quickly the value of a 
home can escalate. Combine this with 
even minimal inflation, and what was once 
a modest estate may have enjoyed 
significant growth. 

A Will Is Too Costly. 

Sure... it will cost something to have a 
qualified professional prepare your Will: 
but too costly? Consider what an 
investment of $300 or $400 today will save 
when it comes to estate taxes and probate 
costs... not to mention the time and stress 
you'll save family and friends. 



CHRIST ABOVE ALL 



QBRYAN 

College 



(JUS) 



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A Distaste For Legal Documents. 

This reason is easy to understand! After 
all, who wants to go to school just to be 
able to understand what is a statement of 
your will in the first place? But it's just 
as easily dealt with. Your attorney should 
happily answer questions and alleviate 
any misgivings. 

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I WAS TRYING TO 
CHALLENGE THE 
PLAYERS TO. ..REPRESENT 



CHRIST IN A GOOD WAY. 



I 



Bryan coaches work up sweats over summer 



Summer vacation generally means "time away from work," 
but for Bryan's athletic coaches, summer vacation sounded 
suspiciously like another day at the office. 

Most of the coaching staff spent significant time working in 
camps, teaching younger athletes the fundamentals of their sports, 
although baseball Coach Joel Johnson added some serious field 
maintenance duties to his schedule. 

Women's Soccer Coach Mark Sauve, Volleyball Coach Leo 
Sayles, Women's Basketball Coach Jamy Bechler, Men's Basketball 
Coach Don Rekoske, and Cross Country Coach Rodney Stoker 
all participated in sports camps and tournaments over the summer. 

Coach Sauve worked with an outreach ministry of 
Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. "I had three 
high school kids assisting me, and we had 25 to 30 kids," he said. 
"We had a great time." 

In addition to coaching he spent time talking with his high, 
school helpers, and encouraged them to consider choosing Bryan 
for their college. Two of the three actually came to campus for the 
Highlight visit event on Labor Day this September. 

Coach Sayles packed 12 volleyball camps into his summer, 
including seven on campus. The Bryan camps were designed to 
build relationships in the Dayton community, teach fundamentals 
of the sport, and quietly present the Gospel. 

"I was really trying to challenge the players to recognize the 
opportunities they are given, to make sure the way they act on 
court represents Christ in a good way. We led Bible studies and 
worship with them." Coach Sayles also coached at two camps with 
Belmont University volleyball program. 

The newest member of the Bryan coaching team, women's bas- 
ketball Coach Jamy Bechler, added getting acquainted with the 
Lady Lions to his summer schedule. He traveled to Hawaii to 
coach an all-star team at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. 
Players from Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Kansas made up the 
teams in the tournament. His team finished with only one loss, to 
the "Hawaii Select" team. 

In July he returned to Columbus, Ohio, where he had coached 



the national championship basketball team a year ago, for the USA 
Junior Nationals International Sports Festival. This year, his team 
from Oklahoma reached the final four of the tournament, where 
they lost to the eventual national champion. 

Coach Rekoske's basketball camps, designed for grades kinder- 
garten through six, and grades six through ten, had dual goals of 
helping improve youth basketball play in the community through a 
combination of focus on fundamentals and personal attention, and 
building relationships with the community. At the same time, the 
coach shared biblical principles in Team Talk sessions and as oppor- 
tunities arose throughout the day. Some 60 children participated. 

There also was time this summer for the Lions to gather for 
several days of teambuilding activities. One of those was a trip to 
the Silverdale Detention Facility in nearby Chattanooga. "The 
prisoners seemed appreciative," Coach Rekoske said. "Now they 
actually cheer for us. It wasn't always that way." A high point of the 
game was his being able to share the Gospel at halftime, emphasiz- 
ing the point that "God works in mysterious ways." 

For Coach Stoker, the summer involved assisting the director 
of a sports camp in Chattanooga, where a number of Bryan stu- 
dents served as "coaches" for the campers. "We were there to 'sell' 
the host school to prospective students," he explained. But in the 
two-week sessions the coaches developed relationships with their 
campers, shared devotions, and addressed needs of the young peo- 
ple. "My job was to see that the coaches were doing their job and 
make life easier for the director." 

Coach Johnson had 22 young people at his baseball camps 
before he, coaches Jack Traylor and Taylor Hasty, and others began 
rebuilding the baseball field's infield. For two weeks he and two of 
his players taught children ages 6 to 1 2 the fundamentals of the 
sport, focusing on fielding, hitting, and throwing. The second week 
emphasi7ed pitching and hitting. Reconstruction of the infield 
included removing the turf, grading, and resodding. With Varner 
Construction Co. doing the grading, the field was leveled, the grass 
restored, and the field was made ready for play again. 



14 Christ above all 



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notes 



Mr. Alan Corlew has published an article 
extending an aspect of his Master's thesis. 

The article is "Schleiermacher and 
Romanticism: Ignored Antecedent of 
Postmodernism?" in Christianity and Society 

17:1 (Apr. 2007): 40-51. 

Ms. Marlene Fouts spoke to seventh and 
eighth grade students at Rhea Central 
Elementary School's career day on being a 
career counselor in a college. 

Mr. Stefon Gray and Mr. Jason Wasser 

attended the Appalachian College 
Association Spring IT retreat at Lee 
University and the Tennessee Independent 
Colleges and Universities IT retreat in 
Nashville. Mr. Gray served on the com- 
mittee to organize the sessions. 

Dr. Doug Kennard has submitted his 
latest book, Messiah Jesus: Christology in His 
Day and Ours, to his publisher, Peter Lang, 
and expects to see the books available in 
about six months. The book examines 
Jesus in the light of Old Testament predic- 
tions and second temple aspirations, the 
New Testament and the Jewish second 
temple context, and in the history of the- 
ology and interpretation since then. 

Dr. Bill Ketchersid has been selected for 
inclusion in the 2008-09 edition of 
Montclair Publishing's Who's Who in 
Collegiate Faculty. 

Dr. Phil and Darlene Lestmann attend- 
ed the sixteenth biennial conference of 
the Association of Christians in the 
Mathematical Sciences at Messiah College 
in May. Dr. Lestmann presented a paper 
entitled "Trigonometry without Sines and 
Geometry without Angles," a summary 
and critique of the book Divine Proportions 
by N.J.Wildberger. During the confer- 
ence they saw Rich and Kathy Barnhart. 



Rich was the head of the Math 
Department at Bryan when Dr. Lestmann 
was hired in 1977. They ate lunch with 
alumni George and Charlotte Traub, who 
are parents of current student Ryan Traub. 
They also had a meal with Bill and Ann 
Sidebotham. Ann was an education profes- 
sor at Bryan, and Bill assisted with the 
maintenance crew. 

Drs. David and Sigrid Luther sang in 
the University ofTennessee-Chattanooga 
Master Chorale Concert in June. 

Dr. Sigrid Luther attended the 
Tennessee Music Teachers state conference 
in June and has accepted the position of 
MTNA national high school competition 
coordinator, with responsibilities to begin 
in June 2008. 

Mr. Steve Paulson participated in the 
Structured Query Language Workshop at 
Covenant Seminary in June. He, along 
with Mr. Ricky Taphorn, Mr. Adam 
Crownoble and Mr. Stefon Gray, led 
sessions at the CAMS User Group meet- 
ings in St. Louis, Mo., in June. Mr. Paulson 
was a member of the organizing commit- 
tee for the event. 

Dr. Ray Smith traveled to Romania, 
Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bosnia 
where he taught, conducted seminars, 
spoke on leadership to the Club of 
Managers in Bratislava, Slovakia, and 
worked on faculty and student exchange 
possibilities with Anglo American College 
in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Dr. Ken Turner presented sessions on 
"The Reliability of the Bible" and "How 
to Read the Bible" at the Summit at 
Bryan in July and August. He also present- 
ed a sermon series on Malachi at Grace 
Baptist Church,Taylors, S. C. 



Dr. Cal White attended the annual 
Appalachian College Association meeting 
of chief academic officers and presidents at 
Carson-Newman College in June. He also 
participated in an ACA meeting in 
Knoxville to assist in integrating the 
Central Library into ongoing and emerg- 
ing ACA projects. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit played trumpet at the 

Danville, Ky., Community Arts Center as 
part of the "Gallery Hop" during the 1 8th 
annual Great American Brass Band Festival 
in June. He also sang with the University 
ofTennessee-Chattanooga Master Chorale 
in June. 

Full-time faculty and staff who have joined the 
Bryan family this fall include: 
Miss Kristina Anderson, resident direc- 
tor for Arnold Residence Hall. She 
recently earned her Master's degree in 
higher education with an emphasis in stu- 
dent affairs administration from Geneva 
College. 

Mr. Jamy Bechler, head women's basket- 
ball coach. 

Mr. Chris Clark, instructor in 
Communication Studies-Film. 
Dr. Scott Jones, associate professor of 
Christian Ministry. 

Mrs. Kimberly Keck, assistant professor 
of Music. Her husband, Mr. Steve Keck, 
is the new director of Advancement. 
Dr. Donald Knudsen, professor of 
Business. 

Mr. Ben Norquist, assistant director of 
Spiritual Formation. He is a 2004 Bryan 
graduate. 

Mr. Scott Smith, adjunct professor in 
Linguistics and Missionary in Residence. 
He is a 1981 Bryan graduate. 



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lion 




1950s •• 

Class Representatives 
1954: Ginny Seguine Schatz 
1956: Bud Schatz 

Four members of the Class of 1 954 cele- 
brated the 50th anniversary of their grad- 
uation from Grace Seminary during the 
seminary's Golden Grad reunion in May. 
ROBERT CLOUSE.JOHN MIESEL, 
DARWIN NEDDO, and JOHN 
RATHBUN were among members of 
the Grace Seminary Class of 1 957 who 
returned for their reunion. 

DR. ROBERT CLOUSE, '54, recently 
published The End of Days: Essential 
Selections from Apocalyptic Texts — Annotated 
and Explained.The book offers commen- 
tary on key verses from Scripture and pas- 
sages from church fathers to the recent 
best-selling Left Behind series dealing with 
the end times. Dr. Clouse is professor 
emeritus of history at Indiana State 
University in Terre Haute, and a minister. 

MAUREEN (HAY) READ, '58, 
recently published her fourth book, A 
Light Affliction, which is available through 
Amazon or from Maurene, at 1 754 NE 
Meshford, No. 27, Poulsbo.Wash., 98370. 
A Light Affliction, although complete in 
itself, builds on her three earlier books 
dealing with her ponderings on the con- 
tingencies of life that don't make sense. 

DEAN, '58, and Edith FRANKLIN cel- 
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
this summer with three generations of 

their family at Ocean isle, N.C. 



DRS. LLOYD "JAKE," '59, and 
SANDRA (SCHMICKL) 

MATTHES, '72, have retired after 
teaching for 31 years at Liberty 
University. Jake taught mathematics and 
coached track and cross country at 
Liberty, where the outdoor track is 
named in his honor. While teaching 
math at Bryan, he coached the cross 
country team to the 1975 NCCAA 
national championship. Sandy taught 
music theory, organ, and computer skills. 
Sandy is minister of music at Heritage 
United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, 
Va. 

1960s %; 

Class Representative 
1967: Bob Andrews 

DR. DAVID GERARD, '69, has 

been promoted to professor in the 
University ofTennessee Graduate 
School of Medicine, where he directs 
the research program for the 
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial 
Surgery. His areas of research emphasis 
are in oral cancer and bone physiology. 
David also directs the Diagnostic 
Electron Microscopy Laboratory, which 
helps in the diagnosis of kidney disease. 

1970s %; 

Class Representative 
1971: Maye Hayes Jepson 

HAROLD HARRIS, '72. has become 
minister to shut-ins at Trinity Baptist 
Church in Hendersonville.Tenn., after 



serving as pastor in a Nashville church. 
He also has completed his Ph.D. degree 
in Bible study through Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary. 

1980s •; 

Class Representatives 
1980: Tom Branson 
1984: Paulakay Franks 
1985: Steve Stewart 
1986: Gina Lyles Hays 
1987: Laura Kaufmann 
1988: Brett Roes 
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders 

DR. DARRELL COSDEN, '85, has 

been appointed associate professor of 
theology at judson University in Elgin, 
III. Darrell has spent almost 17 years 
working outside the United States, 
including four years in Russia and 
Ukraine and 1 2 Vi in Scotland, where he 
served as lecturer in theology and ethics 
for eight years at The International 
Christian College in Glasgow. He and 
his wife, Kristy, have two children, 
Brenton, 1 3, and Kayleigh, 1 1 . 

JANE ARNOLD, 85, had students 
place first, fourth, and seventh in the 
national InvestWrite contest this past 
school year. As a result, she won a trip to 
New York for a Teach the Teacher work- 
shop held at the New York Stock 
Exchange. Thursday of that week she 
was chosen to ring the closing bell at the 
Exchange. 



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Crouch/Willson Children 

KELLY (GIVEN) CROUCH, '87, 
lives in Rock Hill, S.C., with her family, 
where she is manager of a neighborhood 
in an assisted living community for indi- 
viduals with Alzheimer's Disease and 
memory disorders. She has lobbied the 
South Carolina legislature to pass a law 
providing favorable policies for care of 
patients such as she cares for regularly. 
She is studying for an MBA degree in 
health care administration and hopes to 
graduate in 2008. DAVID WILLSON, 
'90, and his family joined the Crouch 
family in the spring for a reunion at 
Table Rock State Park in South 
Carolina. 

LORI (SWAIM), '89, and Carlos 
MONTOYA 

announce the birth 
of their seventh 
child, Abigail Joy, on 
July 29. Abigail was 
born three weeks 

premature, and weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. 
Because of complications, Abigail had to 
be delivered by Cesarean section. When 
she was delivered, the doctor found the 
umbilical cord wrapped around her 
neck, a situation which could have 
caused her death during a normal deliv- 
ery. Carlos writes that mother and 
daughter are doing well. 




1990s %\ 

Class Representative 

1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson 




Olson Family 

MARK and LADONNA (ROBIN- 
SON) OLSON, both '90, and their 
family moved to Killeen, Texas, in 
September, where Mark is stationed at 
Ft. Hood as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. 
Mark recently completed his Master's of 
Divinity degree at Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., 
and completed the Chaplain Basic 
Officer Leadership Course at Ft. 
Jackson, S.C., in August. LaDonna 
recently was honored by Evangelical 
Christian School in Fort Myers, Fla., by 
having her name placed on the Sports 
Wall of Fame. That honor is given alum- 
ni athletes who maintain a Christian tes- 
timony. The Olsons have six children, 
Jimmy, 13; Daniel, 10; Sarah Beth, 8; 
Joshua, 5; John-Mark, 3; and 
AnnaMaria.1 . 

JAMES, '90, and Andrea ARNETTE 
announce the 
birth of their sec- 
ond son, Jeremy 
Evan, on Aug. 2. 
Jeremy joins proud" 
siblings Joshua, 4, 
and Ashley, 2. The 
Arnette family Arnette Chflc 

lives in Indian Trail, N.C. 

ROBERT, '91, and KARIS 
(WHITE), '92, KOEHN, who serve 





with Africa Inland Mission in 
Mozambique, were given tickets to 
return to the States this summer for two 
months to visit family and friends in 
Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan. 

GREG, '91x, and MONIQUE 

(NIEDERER), '90, DAVIS announce 
the birth of their 
second daughter, 
Lindsay Elise, on Jan. U 
1 5. Lindsay weighed 
9 lbs., 1 oz., and was 
21 inches long. She 
joins sister Madeline, I 
9. Greg is a regional 
rehabilitation con- 
sultant for Autumn Rehab, and travels to 
Autumn Care facilities in North 
Carolina and Virginia. Monique had 
been teaching kindergarten, but once 
again is a stay-at-home mom. 

DR. MARK CALEB SMITH, '92, 

received the Cedarville (Ohio) 
University Faculty Teaching Effectiveness 
Award for 1-10 years of service this 
spring. The award is presented based on 
student evaluations, department chair and 
peer recommendations, performance of 
students in subsequent classes or after 
graduation, use of instructional technolo- 
gy, and use of effective pedagogical tech- 
niques. Mark, who has taught at 
Cedarville since 2004, is an assistant pro- 
fessor of political studies and director of 
the Center for Political Studies. 

KEVIN, '94, and TONIA 
(MCCLAFLIN), '94x, NEEDERER 

announce the birth 
of their fourth 
child, Montana 
Lyn, on Oct. 7, 
2006. Montana 
joins sisters 
Victoria, 12, and 
Cheyenne, 7, and 
brother Dakota, 10. 




Niederer Children 



Bryan Life 1"7 



alumni chapters 

Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 
Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dayton, OH 

Officers: Tim Combs, '90 

Mark Combs, 79 

Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

••• 
Dayton, TN #4P 

13««g organised 

Kansas City, MO #^^ 

Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 ^^ 

Knoxville, TN 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 

Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

Philadelphia, PA 

Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

Phoenix, AZ 

Being organised 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 

Barry Gilman, '69 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

Alumni Council: Ginny Schatz, 
'54, Bud Schatz, '56, Faith Heitzer, 
'69, Joe Runyon, '79, Tom Branson, 
'80, Ed Fickley, '89, Barton Stone, 
'05x. For information about jour alumni 
chapter or to help organise a chapter in 
jour area, contact the Alumni Office by 
email at alumni@bryan.edu or bj phone 
at 423-77 5-7297. 





Lucas Zegelien 



DAVE ALBAN, 95, married Sally Beth 
Brooks in July 2005, and the couple 
welcomed a son, 
Seth David, on July 

4 this year. Seth 
weighed 9 lbs., 1 
oz., and was 21 Seth Alban 

inches long. Sally, an attorney, is taking 
time off to work as a mother, and Dave 
is continuing his doctoral studies at 
Western Michigan University. The 
Albans live in Holland, Mich. 

TRACI (DOTTERER), '95, and Paul 

ZEGELIEN announce the birth of 
their first child, 
Lucas Paul, on June 
1 . Also present for 
the birth were 
Traci s brother, 
TRAVIS DOTTERER, his wife, 
KIMBERLY (LUTHER), both '93, 
and their sons Tyler, 9, and Jackson, 6. 

RUTH (NAUGLE), '95, and Rob 

KEATHLEY announce the birth of 

their daughter, 

Amelia Grace, on 

April 30. Amelia 

weighed 7 lbs., 4 

oz., and was 21 'A Amelia Keathley 

inches long. She joins big brother Andy. 

CRISTY (KROEKER), '96, and Erik 
VAN OOSTEN announce the birth of 
[their son, Benjamin 

Joel, on July 22. 
The van Oosten 
■ family lives in 
Brazil, where 
Cristy and Erik 
work with WyciifFe Bible Translators. 





Benjamin Van 
Oosten 



DANTEL, '97, and CHRISTY (WTL- 
HOIT), '99, WALTERS announce the 
birth of their daughter, Cassidy Ann, on 
July 27. Cassidy weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. 
She joins brother Jude, 2. Proud grand- 
parents are DR. MEL and SUSAN 
WILHOIT. both "05H. 




Compton Family 



JONATHAN, '98, and Lily COMP- 
TON announce the 
birth of their daugh- 1 
ter, Grace Mei-Ying, 
on June 7. Grace was| 
born five weeks pre- 1 
mature but very 
healthy, weighing 4 
pounds, 6 ounces. 
The Compton family lives in Ames, 
Iowa, where Jonathan works in the reg- 
istrar's office at Iowa State University as 
a research analyst, and Lily is a stay-at- 
home mom. 

AUTUMN (HALSEY), '98, and 

Jeremy DAVIS announce the birth of 
their daughter, Addison Taye, on Nov. 
1 3, 2006. Autumn and Jeremy moved 
back to their home state ofWest Virginia 
a year ago, where Autumn enjoys being 
a stay-at-home mom and Jeremy is a 
mechanical engineer. 

ALLISON (WOMBLE), '98, and 

Tommy HAUPERT announce the birth 

of their daughter, 

Abigail, on Sept. 

21, 2006. The 

Haupert family 

lives in Soddy- 

' Abigail Haupert 

Daisy, Tenn., and 

just celebrated Abby's first birthday. 
Tommy owns a physical therapy business 
with TRAVIS SMITH, '98x. Allison is 

a full-time mom and freelance writer. 

JOY MCCASKEY, '98x, and Richard 
Carr were married May 19, in Bluflton, 
S.C. Bryan alumni at the ceremony 
included brother of the bride, SKYE 
MCCASKEY, '95x; AMY LIEN, '99; 
and BEVIN (SIMS) HUNTER, '01. 
Joy works in reservations and owners 
services for Southwind Management and 
Richard is a mechanic for Hilton Head 
Automotive. They have a son, Duncan. 




l8 Christ above all 




JIMMY and JULIA (BRUEHL) 

TAYLOR, both 

'98, announce the 

birth of their third 

child, Jent Isaac, on' 

May 12. Jent 

weighed 6 lbs., 1 j ent Taylor 

oz. He joins Auburn, 6, and Dayleah, 3. 

The Taylor family lives in Taylors, S.C. 

TIM MCGHEE, '99, was hired by 
Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington, 
Va., as its technology and facility manag- 
er in June. He oversees audiovisual pro- 
duction, internal and external informa- 
tion technologies, and facility operations. 

2000s i> 

Class Representatives 
2001: Elizabeth Miller 
2002: Jonathan Mobley 
2003: Matt Lowe 
2004: Taylor Smith 
2005: Barton Stone 
2006: Rob Palmer 



DAMIEN and RENEE (REILLY) 
DASPTT, both '00, and their sons Orin 
and Micaiah, have been assigned to 
Wycliffe's Summer Institute of Linguistics 
headquarters in Dallas, Texas. They are 
working to develop a prayer and financial 
support team to begin their Bible transla- 
tion ministry. 



It 

Gavin Mitchell 



^ 



Gabriel Knoblet 



ANGELA (PERSINGER), '02x, and 
Ben KNOBLET announce the birth of 
their first child, 
Gabriel Cohen, on . • 
April 25. Gabriel 
weighed 8 lbs., 10 d 
oz., and was 20 
1 /2 inches long. 
Ben is a captain in the Army, serving in 
Baghdad, and made it home the day 
Angela went into labor. He was home 
for two weeks and will return to the 
States in October. "God's timing was per- 
fect, as always," Angela said. 

DAVID, '02x, and KATHI 
(HOGREFE), '01, MITCHELL 



announce the 

birth of their son, 

Gavin David, on 

April 7. Gavin 

weighed 8 lbs., 6 

oz., and was 21 

1/2 inches long. They live in Knoxville, 

Tenn., where David is the area manager 

for Countrywide Mortgage and Kathi is 

a kindergarten teacher. 

RATI LESTMANN, '04, received her 
Ed.S. degree in instructional leadership 
in May from Tennessee Technological 
University. She is an eighth grade sci- 
ence teacher at Rhea Central 
Elementary School in Dayton, Tenn. 

EMILY STIFFLER, '04, and Brett 
Winters were 
married Sept. 1 8, 
2004, and pur- 
chased their first 
home in 

Springboro, Ohio, 
in August 2006. On Jan. 4 this year, they 




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welcomed their son, Jack David, into 
their family. Jack weighed 7 lbs., 11 02., 
and was 20 inches long. 



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SARAH BASS, '05x, and Joal Henke 
were married Dec. 2, 
2006, in Destin, Fla. 
Sarah said she also has 
"two awesome step- 
children," Aden, 5, andB 
Kohl, 8. She is in 

nursing school at the Joal and Sarah 
University of Henke 

Tennessee at Chattanooga and Joal is a 
realtor. 

CHRIS, '04, and 
RACHELLE 
(ELLIOTT), '01, 
1 , TRAVIS announce the 

, birth of their daughter, 
•w Lilliana Reese, on March 

Lilliana Travis 9. The Travis family lives 
in Asheville, N.C. 

JASON BRAATEN, '06, and OLIVIA 
FESSLER, '05, were married April 28. 
Bryan alumni at the 
wedding included 
VIRGINIA 
MACHA,JANELL 
WRIGHT, EVA 
HOLDER, DIS- 
HON and DEAN- 
NA (STOLTZFUS) 
SMITH, KELLY 
(CRANE) 
ROGERS, JOAN- 
NA MCBRIDE, and PAMELA 
DAVIS, all '05; JESSICA REED, '06; 
and ELIZABETH KOHLER, '07x. 
The Braatens live in Beverly Farms, 
Mass., where Jason is in his 6nal year of 
graduate study at Gordon-Conwell 
Theological Seminary, earning an M.A. 
degree in Theology. Olivia is the business 
development and client relations manager 
at Whittenburg, Knudsen LLP, a law firm 
specializing in estate planning. 




Jason and Olivia 
Braaten 




GERALD WOODWORTH, '06, and 
KARA LIVESAY, 

'07, were married 
July 21 , in Dayton, 
Tenn. Among the 
bridesmaids were 
Bryan alumni 
LAURA NEW- 
PORT, '07, and 
AMANDA HELD, 
'06. Kara is the daughter of Bryan 
College President STEPHEN 
LIVESAY and his wife, CORINNE. 
Gerry is a teaching assistant at the 
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 
where he is pursuing a Master's degree in 
environmental science while working at 
Target as a protection specialist. Kara is a 
middle school teacher at Silverdale 
Baptist Academy, Chattanooga. The cou- 
ple resides in Hixson.Tenn. 



With the 
Lord 

Word has been received of the death of 
STELLA (PURSER) BLEVTNS, 
'36x. She was a resident of Soddy- 
Daisy,Tenn. 

NANCY (ENDICOTT) NELSON, 
'54, of Apple Valley, Calif., died May 1 1 . 
She is survived by her husband. Dr. Dirk 
Nelson, and three children. 

MARY ROSE (CRANFILL) 
BORNE, '55x, died Aug. 22, in 
Dayton, Tenn. She is survived by four 
sons. 

DR. EVERETT R. BOYCE, '56, 

died June 9, in Mexico, where he was 
serving as a missionary. He is survived 
by his wife, FAITH SANDFORD 
BOYCE, '61, and three children. 



Word has been received of the death of 
BARBARA TERPSTRA, '58x, of 
Holland, Mich. She is survived by her 
husband, REV. ROBERT TERP- 
STRA, '59, and two daughters. 

BARBARA (TANIS) SNYDER 

'65x, of Silver Spring, Md., died March 
4. She is survived by her husband, 
STEVE, '64x, and four children, 
DANIEL SNYDER, '87x; DAVID 
SNYDER, '87; RACHEL ORTEGO, 
'96; and SARAH JOHNSON, '00x. A 
funeral service was held in Rudd 
Auditorium March 8. 

BOBBIE JEAN TALLENT, '72, of 
Dayton, Tenn., died Aug. 22. She is sur- 
vived by two sons, BOBBY TAL- 
LENT, '73, and Tom Tallent. 

JACK NEWTON, '74, of Largo, Fla., 
died June 21 . He is survived by his wife, 
LORREL (KELLEY), '77x, and four 
children. 

WTLMA HARROW, '84H, of Smyrna, 
Ga., a former library staff member, died 
July 28. She is survived by two sons, 
ROY HARROW, '70, and Lawrence 
Harrow; and a daughter, Julie Harrow. 



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Carrie Frances H. Price 


Richard Wyatt 




Frank B. Cook 




Mrs. Jess Cook 


Darryl and Lois Bradley 




Dr. John and Ruth Bartlett 


Grace Bible Church 


Trevor Palmer 




Grace Bible Church 


Lowell Hoyt 




Charles and Theda Thomas 


Julia W Bryan 




Celia Dixon 


Leslie and Cleo Dixon 




James C. Anderson 


Harriet Anderson 


Dr. John Anderson 


Karin and Jack Traylor 




Dr. Cal White 


Julia Knight 


Stella Purser Blevins 




Eleanor Brown Williams 


Stella Purser Blevins 




Thomas and Mary Frances Carlson 


Jane Marston 


Rebecca Hoyt 


Everett and Onalee Garmon 


Judson A. Rudd 




Fred, Sr. and Judy Gosain 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Ron and Cyndi Messick 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Fred Gosain, Jr. 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Lou Gosain 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Miriam E. Levengood 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Elise B.Tirrell 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Sterling Treadwill 


Wilma R. Harrow 




Jane Ellen Hodges 


Wilma R. Harrow 




William A.Venable III 


Rev. and Mrs. William A.Venable, Jr. 







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